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Fanwood Cultural Arts Performance Series
The Performance Series takes place at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center also known as "The Old Carriage House". The Arts Center faces Watson Road; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property and the actual address is 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Please go to our Directions page for in depth directions, maps and photos at: directions

Mayor Colleen Mahr and
The Fanwood Arts Council Present

Loretta Hagen and Squirrel Stew
Saturday October 11, 7PM

Loretta Hagen

Loretta Hagen One part Americana, two parts Folk, a dash of Country-flavored rock - all served up by multi award-winning, chart-topping songstress LORETTA HAGEN

Loretta Hagen delivers rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics and tightly woven harmonies; the hallmark of her musical career. Awarded a 2014 NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance) Quad showcase, NJ JAM (Jersey Acoustic Music) Awards “Top Female Songwriter of the Year”, winner NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition, and CT Folk Festival Finalist, Loretta recently released her third CD, Mud and Stone, featuring uplifting heartfelt ballads, playful up-tempo country swing, and cool bluesy grooves. “Mud and Stone” debuted at #10 on Folk DJ Charts, consistently #1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ, #5 Top 50 Folk Albums RMR, and receiving airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Loretta has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Roger McGuinn, Steve Forbert, Richie Havens, Gretchen Wilson and Marshall Crenshaw to name a few and plays premiere stages across the Northeast. Loretta’s melodies leave folks feeling as if they are listening to their own stories set to song.

"Loretta Hagen is a very special performer with a deep understanding of human emotions and this is reflected in the songs that she writes. " - Sol Zeller, Borderline Folk Music Club

Squirrel Stew

Squirell Stew
Well, here's the recipe: take a bunch of musicians, scratch that, - - -

- - - take a bunch of guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, and bass players, with a variety of musical backgrounds that range from jazz and classical to minstrel, delta blues, and you-name-it. Now gradually add them to a group of similar players with varying familiarity with old-timey tunes. Then mix thoroughly in a blender and extract 3 players who have no parochial reverence, but love playing the tunes. Add some additional styles and you've got stew.

Barbara Halry Trio
and Michaela McClain
Saturday November 8, 7PM

Barbara Harley Trio

Barbara Harley
Barbara Harley & Al Lind, both veterans of the music scene in New Jersey, have played together for 30+ years. With bassist Art DiLonardo, the trio performs original music where Barbara’s emotive lead vocals and Al’s backup vocals blend together perfectly to create rich harmonies. Barbara is a four-time winner of the NJ Country Music Association's Singer/Songwriter of the Year award. Her CD "First Glance" has pleased audiences around the world. The Single “First Glance" received honorable mention in the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) song writing contest. To hear clips of "First Glance" visit

Michaela McClain

Michaela McClain

Michaela McClain is a singer/songwriter whose folky/soul sound is reminiscent of Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse and James Taylor. Her warm groove creates an atmosphere of love that is irresistible.

"Music is the greatest gift of my life. It brings me peace, a means of expression and lots of joy. I was lucky enough to be introduced to some great music as a child…everything from Carlos Jobim, to Ella Fitzgerald, to the Indigo Girls. Bossa nova, soulful jazz and rich harmonies influenced my musical taste early on."


Intermission with South Martine Avenue Deli sandwiches and pizza As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)

Snapple Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep the beverages that they are donating cold.

Nick's Pizza and Deli
Nicks Deli (formerly South Martine Avenue Deli) will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....

Mara's Cafe
Mara's Cafe will be adding their excellent baked treats to our ussual home made cookies etc.... Mara's grinds their own coffee beans, offers authentic Italian Gelato, and a huge assortment of pastries, cookies, and delicious canolis. They will be featuring live music of thier own on Wednesday nights!

Experience great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard! Suggested donation is $15, $10 for seniors and students.

This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.